Springfield realtors are learning self defense

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Realtors in Southwest Missouri are getting a leg up on potential threats, thanks to a defense course led by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. 

Cpl. James Craigmyle says the class was one focused on realtor self-defense. He adds another key point was how people selling their homes can better secure their property while it’s on the market.  

“They can be targets as well,” Craigmyle said after his class on Wednesday. “Their homes are up on the internet. Anyone in the entire world can see your address. They can see the pictures of inside your home. They can see sometimes items that they have in their home.” 

The following  

  1. Sellers, lock up all guns and medications while your house is on the market 

  2. Sellers, always be on the lookout for signs of forced entry while your house is on the market  

  1. Realtors, carry pepper spray  

  2. Realtors, always tell someone when you plan on showing a house or maybe bring a partner 

  3. Realtors, check the perimeter of the home before entering and remain aware of any signs of a break in or forced entry.  

The need for increased safety precautions taken by realtors made its way into the national conversation back in 2014 when Little Rock-based realtor, Beverly Carter, was killed while showing a house.  

KOLR10 sister station KARK covered the story those years ago. Click the image below to watch their original report.

Carter’s body was later found behind a small business near Cabot, AR.  

Aaron Lewis, pictured below, would later be convicted of murdering Carter.  

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